Dulwich Picture Gallery is situated in the heart of beautiful Dulwich Village in London. I’ve visited on a number of occasions, the first time to see the main gallery, the second time to see the brilliant Escher exhibition in late 2015 and more recently to see the John Singer Sargent Exhibition.
England’s first purpose-built public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded by the terms of Sir Francis Bourgeois’s will upon his death in 1811. Named “One’s of Britain’s most beautiful galleries” by the Telegraph. It’s such a delightful gem of a gallery, just big enough to give you plenty to take in, but not so large as to be overwhelming.
It’s a great place to visit any time of the year, but particularly beautiful in the Summer when, in addition to beautiful art, you can make the most of the grounds, have a picnic or a little mooch around the village afterwards.
So here’s 5 reasons to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery this Summer:
1.John Singer Sargent Watercolour Exhibition
John Singer Sargent is best known for his work as a portraitist, the best of his generation. But Sargent also spent a lot of time developing his watercolour skills and often took expeditions to Europe to paint. One remarkable aspect of Sargent’s watercolour paintings was his refusal to paint landscapes or city shapes in their entirety or scenery on the large scale preferring instead to capture ‘fragments’ and focusing in on detail. This curation of 80 paintings, some never seen before in the UK covers people, places and animals. The exhibition will run till 8th October 2017. Check the Dulwich Picture Gallery website for more info.
2. The Gallery
The main gallery houses over 600 paintings including Rembrandt, Rubins, Gainsborough & Canaletto. Focusing on Age of Baroque art, Dulwich Picture Gallery also houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the world. It’s one of my favourite London galleries to visit, so atmospheric. You can even get married there!
3. The Pavilion
The Pavilion was opened this year to celebrate 200 years of the gallery opening to the public. It’s a truly beautiful temporary events space, the design a collaboration between the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar. With large panels of glass that seem to float between heaven and earth, reflecting the skies above and surrounding landscape. The gallery will be hosting a number of events in the Pavilion, so be sure to check out the website for more info.
4. Visit to Dulwich Village
After your visit to the picture gallery, do make a short detour to visit the village which is steeped in history but also home to many independent shops, boutiques and restaurants. Romeo Jones is a good place to grab a coffee or stock up on picnic supplies.
Also, do look out for wonderful Edward Alleyn statue at the College of God’s Gift.
I’ve never seen a beautiful door that I didn’t feel the urge to capture in photographic form. And Dulwich village is full of them. Houses with beautiful front gardens with stunning stained glass windows and doors. Talk about kerb appeal. I literally could have spent the best part of the afternoon wandering around the village snapping pics. Here’s a few of may favourites.
So all in all, a visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery and the surrounding area is a wonderful day out whether you go in Summer or any other time of year.